…in Egypt, or around BC 1200 in China. Or so, the debate continues.

But, a widely accepted theory points at writing of language having evolved after the invention of writing numbers – the need for writing numbers emerged from having to keep count. It is also generally agreed that there are two places where writing began independently – Mesopotamia (specifically Sumer in what is now called Egypt) circa BC 3200 and Mesoamerica (now Mexico) around BC 600. Also, there are┬ádisputes whether or not writing in China evolved independently or through cultural dissipation around BC 1200.

A Tablet with Writing

A tablet from the Sumerian region may be the earliest form of writing. Circa BC 3500

Since then, writing for language has been a critical part of our evolution as a race. As kingdoms grew, writing helped maintain records, pass messages and unify kingdoms through philosophy and religion. The Bible, as an example, is one of the world’s most published book – Guiness World Records estimates it at anywhere between 2.5 billion to 5 billion from 1815 till date. And this doesn’t include those that were hand-written.

Since the printing press was invented, published content has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Newer media, such as broadcast, digital media, among others, changed how we created and consumed content. What began as writing way back in BC 3500, has lead us to this point in the evolution of how we communicate.

For me, this journey began rather recently. At the start of 2009, I was presented with the opportunity to research the publishing industry – particularly how it functions and operates. A couple of years later, it evolved into researching media and publishing industry as a whole, and how technology is used within it.

Over the years, my fascination with the industry only increased. I decided that I would, one day, write a comprehensive history of how the media and publishing industry evolved.

So, here we are.